Chapter 12. Psychology and Social Work Training in University Mental Health

  1. Jerald Kay MD Professor Chair2 and
  2. Victor Schwartz MD University Dean of Students3
  1. David A. Davar PhD Director of Counseling

Published Online: 6 APR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch12

Mental Health Care in the College Community

Mental Health Care in the College Community

How to Cite

Davar, D. A. (2010) Psychology and Social Work Training in University Mental Health, in Mental Health Care in the College Community (eds J. Kay and V. Schwartz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470686836.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Boonshoft School of Medicine, Wright State University, East Medical Plaza, 627 S. Edwin Moses Dr, Dayton, OH 45408, USA

  2. 3

    Yeshiva University, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 500 W.185th St., New York, NY 10033, USA

Author Information

  1. Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, New York, NY 10027, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 APR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470746189

Online ISBN: 9780470686836



  • psychology, social work training - university mental health;
  • training program - providing dramatically increased amount of care, reducing clinical burden;
  • chief consideration - finding right balance between primary mission of providing outreach, prevention, and treatment to the university community;
  • individual clauses - detailing indemnification and insurance, unethical, incompetent, or inappropriate behavior;
  • establishing a training program - major change in the way a counseling service operates;
  • training programs' critical role - providing real-world experience;
  • supervisors - capable mentors knowledgeable about university mental health;
  • orientation - getting to know each other;
  • orientation program - exciting opportunity to help trainees acculturate to their role


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Administrative matters

  • Ethical and legal considerations

  • Recruitment and selection of trainees

  • Running a successful training program

  • From theory to college counseling practice: CAPS orientation for new trainees

  • From theory to college counseling practice

  • Experiential learning: trainee epistemology

  • Organization of training

  • Teaching the intake interview in the college setting

  • Nurturing competency, addressing deficiency

  • Recognizing and addressing deficiencies

  • Social work and psychology therapists-in-training

  • Conclusion

  • Appendix A: Sample syllabus for counseling center trainees

  • References